Carnegie Mellon University


Posner Memorial Collection

Posner Center houses rare and historic books and art collected by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Posner Sr. The collection is notable for works recording the history of science, and for finely bound books, classic literature and other important documents. For example, one of only four extant copies of the first printing of the U. S. Bill of Rights and its ratifications resides in the Posner Memorial Collection. The collection must be maintained in museum-quality conditions. These concerns mandate policies on security and cleanliness.

Fulfilling the family's educational mission for their collection, the Posner Fine Arts Foundation funds two internships each year for Carnegie Mellon students. Student interns work directly with collection materials and create exhibits on topics of their choice.

To further preserve and protect the collection, the Posner family also supported its digitization. As a result, nearly all of the collection is available in full-text to researchers worldwide via the Internet: